Once upon a time . . .

“We are, as a species, addicted to story.” —Jonathan Gottschall

Humans crave stories. We think in stories because they help us imagine the future. They inspire us to feel, empathize, and act. Stories connect us in an increasingly fragmented world.

Your stories are your work’s biggest strategic asset. Good stories told well attract the right people and move them to act.

We can help you tell clear, beautiful, real stories that inspire and engage.

Who we are

We are partners in love and business—two word nerds who met while singing madrigals and went on to make professional lives in writing, editing, publishing, communications, and creative direction. We’ve managed to use our complementary skills to live, work, and dream together for more than twenty years with nary a flesh wound.


How we work

We work with nonprofits, private businesses, and individuals.

Our services include: creative direction, writing and editing, visual and audio storytelling, interviews, talks, workshops, and events.

Our favorite people to work with are visionary leaders and world-changers who value authenticity, clarity, and the common good.


Featured work

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Oxford University Press

Duke University Press

North Atlantic Books

American Journal of Public Health

Journal of Health and Social Behavior

The Sun Magazine

The Esalen Institute

Advanced Wellness Systems

IBM Integrated Health Services

Triangle Society for Human Resource Management (TSHRM)

AngelaWinter_HOLLOW_RGB_1600x1600px Hollow. Independent release, September 2018.

Debut album of original songs, like what you might hear at a Renaissance fair during the apocalypse. Listen on Bandcamp, Apple Music, or Spotify.

The Sun, July 2014The One You’re With: Barbara Fredrickson on Why We Should Rethink Love.” The Sun, July 2014, 4–13.

An interview about the fundamental essence of love and the science of lovingkindness meditation with Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UNC–Chapel Hill.

The Sun, May 2010No Sweat.” The Sun, May 2010, 24–27.

An essay about body image, relationships with men, and running from exercise.

Utne Reader, Sep-Oct 2009Finding Happiness by Cultivating Positive Emotions.” Utne Reader, September–October 2009, 62–67.

A condensed version of Angela’s interview with Barbara Fredrickson (“The Science of Happiness”), reprinted in Utne‘s twenty-fifth anniversary issue.

The Sun, August 2009
Across the Universe: Stanislav Grof on Nonordinary States of Consciousness.” The Sun, August 2009, 4–14.

An interview about holotropic breathwork and nonordinary states of consciousness with Stan Grof, psychiatrist and founder of the International Transpersonal Association.

The Sun, May 2009The Science of Happiness: Barbara Fredrickson on Cultivating Positive Emotions.” The Sun, May 2009, 4–13.

An interview about the benefits of positive emotions with Barbara Fredrickson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UNC. An excerpt was reprinted in America Now: Short Readings from Recent Periodicals (Bedford/St. Martin’s), edited by Robert Atwan.

The Sun, January 2008Don’t Kill the Instant Messenger.” The Sun, January 2008, 46–47.

A tongue-in-cheek essay announcing The Sun’s new website, a project Angela oversaw. Her editor and boss, Sy Safransky, asked her to write a thousand-word essay about the site launch — but gave her just one night to do it. “And make it funny,” he said. She flew at him with both wings ablaze.

cover_issue_348Many Thanks: Gregg Krech on the Revolutionary Practice of Gratitude.” The Sun, December 2004, 4–14.

An interview about gratitude, Naikan, and Japanese psychology with Gregg Krech, director of the ToDo Institute in Monkton, Vermont.

Blood FamilyBlood Family. September 2016.

This debut novel is a literary supernatural thriller about a man who tries—and fails—to outrun his family’s tragic past. “A clever, engaging view into dark places.”—Kirkus Reviews


Music and SuffrageConcert Blends Music With VR to Tell Suffrage Story.” NC State University News, April 8, 2019.

A news/feature article describing the interdisciplinary collaboration that created a performance blending live orchestral music with virtual reality to tell the story of the women’s suffrage movement.

Piano Visual Recital

Piano/Visual Recital Takes Off for Stars.” NC State University News, February 1, 2018.

A news/feature article about a cosmic-themed solo piano concert that incorporated computer-generated abstract visuals projected onstage during the performance.

Data DetectivesData Detectives.” Results, 2017, 16–18.

A feature article about the Consortium for Nonproliferation Enabling Capabilities, a government/university partnership collaborating to stop the illegal proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Creating a CultureCreating a Culture of Interdisciplinary Excellence.” NC State University, November 2017.

A white paper detailing how NC State successfully launched a program that hired faculty to work in 20 interdisciplinary clusters, such as bioinformatics, visual narrative, and environmental health.

Power of Public ScienceThe Power of Public Science.” Results, summer 2015, 10–17.

A feature article about NC State University’s efforts to engage the public in learning about and conducting scientific research.

Tyson Shows Star PowerTyson Shows Star Power.” NC State University News, April 10, 2014.

A news article covering a visit to NC State University by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.


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We look forward to talking with you!

Winter Creative Studio
304 W. Weaver Street, Suite 230
Carrboro, NC 27510
(919) 260-7896